Council heads from the West Bank smashed a symbolic house structure made of ice in Jerusalem Monday under the banner: "Breaking the freeze." South Mount Hebron Council Head Tzviki Bar-Hai said, "Its an expression of our campaign's goal of thawing the freeze."
Preparations for the display began in the morning hours when settlers brought ice blocks and constructed an "igloo" adjacent to the protest tent they set up outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
official residence in Jerusalem. They finally tore in at noon.
Ice structure display in Jerusalem (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
"It cannot be that the lives of 300,000 residents are taken away along with the jurisdiction of 21 elected mayors and council heads," Bar Hai said. "The process is unconstitutional and violates people's rights."
He further added, "Soldiers on regular army service and in the reserves come home and their father can't build them a porch or a room. It's inconceivable. It's a fight for our national home and they have yet to grasp that in Tel Aviv."
When asked whether gimmicks work, Bar Hai replied, "You don't win with gimmicks, but you do provoke public discourse. It takes a whole process to revoke the freeze, it doesn't happen overnight."
Oded Ravivi, Efrat Regional Council head said, "We are pursuing every possible struggle in order to try and influence public opinion.
"We meet with Knesset members, ministers and hold media interviews in the hopes that the Israeli people will come to their senses and realize that bigger things are happening which effect the fate of the Israeli people.
"We intend on moving forward in all paths, recruit as many councils and bring in additional crowds for the campaign, since it's not just the struggle of 300,000 residents, but of the entire Jewish people."